The Weekly Update
Welcome to the weekly update. Please have a look at our courses on offer. As we come out of the pandemic more courses are taking place in person at Hope Street in Halifax and at our base in Mirfield. If has been great to see old and new faces again as we use our buildings more again.
In case you missed it in the last weekly update here is our Newsletter – Keeping Connected:
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers
Last week was volunteers week. We have many people who support our college giving up their time to help out. It has been a challenging 2 years and it has been great to have our friends and volunteers stick with us. We could not do what we do without you. We value your insights, skills and contributions and are looking forward to seeing much more of you in person!
This week has been Carers week. If you are a carer we hope that you have managed to take some time for yourself and get the support you need. Remember there are some great services out there for advice and support.
Bus Strike – may affect your travel
You may be aware that Arriva buses will not be running for an indefinite period due to industrial action from Monday 6th June.
- Arriva will not be operating bus services across Calderdale and Kirklees, during this industrial action
- All Arriva pre-paid tickets will be accepted on First Bus & Transdev buses
- For the duration of the industrial action journey planning in the Yorkshire region on the Arriva website and Arriva UK Bus App will be disabled
For updates on the Strike action please go to Arriva’s website:
This will affect anyone using the 202 and 203 buses that come to Mirfield. The train services are operating as usual. Mirfield railway station is a 10-15 minute walk to our building in Mirfield and trains run regularly from Huddersfield.
Please check before travelling if the service you are using is Arriva to get to various venues we are running courses.
Find out times here: https://www.thetrainline.com/
Job opportunities for Peer Workers:
C & K Recovery and Wellbeing College courses
You will notice we have a growing number of courses in person! So please come and join us! We are a friendly welcoming place that understands how hard it can be to make that first initial step. In most cases our learners have positive experiences and come back for more! 99% of people would recommend us to their family and friends!
Click below to have a browse at our full collection of courses:
Drawing for Wellbeing – Neurographica
Thursday 23rd June 1-4pm – (1 week)
Hope Street Halifax
Neurographica is a simple and relaxing drawing technique, drawing is a great way to re-focus your mind and can be very calming. There are no skills whatsoever needed for this face-to-face workshop, which will be held at our Hope Street Halifax venue.
Kayaking Taster Session
Wednesday 13th July 10.45am-13.30pm – (1 week)
Our partners Blackdog Outdoors are running Kayaking Taster Sessions on the Calder & Hebble Navigation Canal.
During the taster session you will be introduced to Kayaking, and you will learn some basic paddling skills from a fully qualified instructor. You will then take a leisurely paddle down the canal, with the rest of the group and the instructors. This stretch of the canal is beautiful, passing through open countryside and parts of our industrial heritage, with regular sightings of moor hens, swans, geese, and other wildlife. These sessions are a great opportunity to try something new, see some interesting sights and have some fun!
Suitable for all fitness levels and abilities.
Tuesday 14th June 1-3pm – (3 weeks)
Calderdale RWC Hub – Street Resource Centre
Join us over three fun sessions as we explore block printing using lino.
On this course you will have the chance to create your own designs, carve them into lino, and produce your own prints.
So join us, along with any ideas you might have, as we take a dive into the creative world of printing!”
Textiles for Wellbeing
Wednesday 29th June 9.30am-12pm (4 weeks)
Kirklees Recovery and Wellbeing College – Mirfield
This will be a relaxed course, exploring a range of textiles, techniques and projects, aiming to lift your mood and bring out your creativity.
We will be using textiles to create items for display, to gift or to use. Themes may include: embroidery, fabric printing, layering, weaving, rag rugging and felting. The course will offer a practical introduction to a range of textiles processes and techniques, with an opportunity to learn and develop skills, personalise projects and produce something unique, in a friendly environment.
This course is being run by our partners at WEA, so you also need to complete the WEA enrolment form
Please click below for full details:
Eat Well for Less
Wednesday 29th June 2-4pm (1 week)
Would you like to know more about cooking healthy, tasty food on a budget? If so then this workshop is for you! With the squeeze on all our budgets at the moment, this workshop will provide helpful tips on how to save money on food while also eating healthily and getting the nutrition you need. Delivered by our partners at Kirklees Success Centre.
If you enjoy this taster, we are hoping to offer a longer Eat Well for Less course later in the year if there is enough interest.
Thursday 7th July 2-4pm (1 week) online
Do you want to gain an understanding of anxiety? Then this workshop, delivered in partnership with Spirit in Mind by Pastoral and Spiritual Care’s Nirmala, may be for you. It will explore:-
• The vicious cycle of anxiety
• How anxiety impacts on life
• How anxiety can be managed
This is a great opportunity to explore anxiety with others who are experiencing the same thing and will also look at the additional anxieties faced due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Knitting for Wellbeing Taster
Wednesday 13th July 1-3pm (1 week)
Kirklees Recovery and Wellbeing College – Mirfield
Did you know that knitting can reduce depression and anxiety, boost feelings of wellbeing and help you to cope with pain?! These are just a few of the many benefits so why not come along, have some creative fun and learn the basics of knitting on this beginners workshop?
In this practical, one-off taster session we will be learning how to cast on and cast off, as well as learning the basic knit and purl stitches. Join us and meet others who are also starting their knitting journey!
Delivered by our partners at Kirklees Success Centre. Yarn and knitting needles will be provided.
If there’s enough interest, we are hoping to offer a longer knitting course later in the year, allowing you to develop your skills!
Lifting your spirits: Enhancing inner strength & wellbeing
Thursday 14th July 2-4pm (3 weeks) Online
The course, provides you with the opportunity to explore, experience and develop 7 spiritual tools (meditation, visualisation, appreciation, listening, play, creativity, and reflection) to inner strength and wellbeing, in a safe and relaxed setting by a trained and experienced tutor. You will be able to learn how to access inner resources that can sustain you through difficult and challenging times.
This course, delivered by Pastoral and Spiritual Care’s Nirmala – a good friend of our college and well respected facilitator.
Tuesday 12th July 11am-1pm (1 week) at Kirklees Recover College Mirfield
This one-off workshop will provide an introduction to Autism. The course will promote an understanding of the characteristics of Autism and the various ways that it may affect an individual. It will explore myths surrounding this and what to do if you suspect Autism in yourself or someone else. It will provide an overview of the strategies that may help those with Autism or those supporting them. You will also receive information on local and national support networks and where to access further help.
Tuesday 12th July 12.30-2.30pm (1 week) online
This learning seminar will help you develop your knowledge and awareness of OCD, how OCD affects you and most importantly what you can do to manage it. The session will introduce proven, self-help techniques to teach you the skills to manage your own symptoms and become your own therapist. Delivered by our partners in Kirklees IAPT (psychological therapies) service, this learning seminar will be facilitated by two friendly psychological wellbeing practitioners.
This course is open to anyone from Kirklees and Calderdale.
If you are new to the College please enrol here
To book a place on a course or to find out more please contact us or visit:
Covid restrictions – now changed and relaxed at the College
If you attend a face to face course inside a building:
- We will provide you with a face mask to wear around the building
- You will no longer need to wear a mask once you are seated, but as as always the choice is yours!
- We will check your temperature
- We will ask you some questions about contact with others and whether you have any symptoms
- Please bring your own refreshments and drinks
Lastly, please don’t forget we always give a warm welcome and are looking forward to seeing you in person!
Free climbing courses from our partner ROKT…
Our partners, ROKT Climbing Gym, are launching more free climbing courses for our Calderdale and Kirklees Learners. Don’t be put off if you have never been climbing before as ROKT climbing courses are suited to beginners. You will have a trained and experienced instructor with you to make sure you are safe and you’ll be part of a group.
In addition to bouldering and climbing, you will also get the chance to try yoga and mindfulness and challenge your mental agility and problem solving skills in one of the ROKT ‘Escape Rooms’.
Did you know climbing is good for your mental and physical health and it is fun as well!
Tuesday Evening 6pm-7.30pm OR Wednesday Evening 6:30pm-8pm
To register your interest please see the details on our website:
Other initiatives from local organisations:
Carers Count Learning disability event
Wednesday 22nd June at the textile centre Huddersfield
Open to carers from 9:30am- 12:30
Speakers start at 10:00am-11:00am
Stalls 11:00am -12:30pm
Click the link for more info: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/333578731967
Have you been affected by suicide?
Suicide Bereavement Service Covering West Yorkshire
Compassionate support for anyone bereaved or affected by suicide. Delivered by staff who understand it because they’ve been there.
Get in touch to see how our support could help you.
0113 305 5800
The Dewsbury: Your Health in Mind Project in June
This month we’re holding a Carers Week Celebration Event on Tuesday 7th June from 10am – 3pm in Crow Nest Park and some brand-new Waheeda’s Wellbeing sessions will be running there too, starting on Thursday 9th June. Or why not come to our Café Connections at Cloggs Coffee shop in Dewsbury on Tuesday afternoons from 2-3pm and then stay for a gentle stroll around Dewsbury with Cloggers Walking Group from 3-4pm. And if you’re usually busy in the daytime, then come and join us in the evening on Monday 13th June for some Qigong in the Park.
Find lots more FREE outdoor sessions, wellbeing workshops and creative classes here:
|Download June Schedule|
Cycle for Health
For people 18+ with a health physical or mental health problem. Beginners welcome bikes and helmets provided.!
Leeds Road Sports Complex, Huddersfield, HD2
Wednesday 15th June 6pm – 8pm (12 weekly sessions)
Richmond fellowship online workshops:
Open to everyone aged 18 or over who lives in Kirklees and experiences mental health issues, problems or concerns.
COPING WITH COVID – 2 week workshop starting on the 23rd June 1-3pm offers practical advice and tips on ways to maintain mental wellbeing.
For more information or to book a place please contact:
Karl Jackson-Lander: 07909 993203
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Stay safe and reach out
The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team
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